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Jon Gosselin will face tough legal hurdles if he chooses to stay in the entertainment business.
There will be no “Jon Minus Kate” for the soon-to-be ex-husband — at least not without a spirited court battle from TLC and its parent company, Discovery Communications.
Like most reality-show players, Gosselin signed his entertainment career away back in 2008, when he affixed his signature to release papers for “Jon & Kate Plus 8.”
As reality has become TV’s dominant programming genre over the last decade, producers and their lawyers have expanded and refined their release forms into voluminous, all-encompassing documents that leave no legal avenue unbarricaded — for the producers.
“These people in essence sign everything away,” conceded Kent Weed, president of A. Smith & Company, which produces reality series including “Hell’s Kitchen” and “I Survived a Japanese Game Show."